August 31, 2022
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TNF aims to make National Nutrition Week 2022 in India, a special one for school students!

On the eve of National Nutrition week 2022, observed in India during the first week of September, Tamil Nadu Foundation is excited to launch its nutritional campaign to provide supplemental nutrients for Government School students, who spend the day at school without breakfast.

The project was initiated as a result of first-hand experience by Chairman and CEO of TNF India where they witnessed the poor performance of students due to not taking breakfast. After consulting with the Headmasters of a few Schools, a pilot project was launched at the Schools in Anvarthikhanpet and Amaravathipudur. The results of the pilot project in terms of increased attendance and better performance has resulted in this campaign. 

The nutritional supplement we plan to provide the students will cost less than 10 cents a day per student. This roughly translates to $25 per student for the whole year. A total of 560 students from 10 schools across Tamil Nadu have been identified as the initial beneficiaries of the campaign.
Our goal is to raise $14,000 to support the project for the current academic year.

We request you to open your hearts and the wallets to help the students get energized with the right nutrition for a healthy growth in both life and academics. 

Educational Scholarships - An update

During the month, 97 students received scholarships totaling an amount ₹ 7,09,700. 
Description # of Beneficiaries Scholarship Amount
(in Rupees)
Educational Assistance to Orphaned Girl students
22 ₹ 2,63,100.00
Bharatiyar Arakattalai Educational Scholarship
1 ₹ 23,000.00
Sri Krishna Iyer Higher Secondary School
28 ₹ 53,600.00
Senthil Mahadevan and Uma Senthil Educational  Scholarship
3 ₹ 6,000.00
VTK Memorial Educational Scholarship
13 ₹ 91,000.00
Educational Scholarship Support to Government aided school students 30 ₹ 2,73,000.00
₹ 7,09,700.00

ABC Project report

  • ABC Classes are in progress across 80 schools attended by a total of 5038 students from 6th - 9th grade. The number of slow learners identified for ABC classes comprise 34.14% of the total number students in these schools.
  • Efforts are underway to extend ABC project to K.R Government Higher Secondary School, Ottanchathiram and Nehruji Government Secondary School, Idaiyankottai of Dindigul district. 
  • Two-day soft skills training programs were offered to 842 students across 11 schools in the districts of Kancheepuram, Mayiladuthurai, Namakkal, Salem, Thiruvarur, Tirupur and Thoothukudi. The beneficiaries primarily include the students who are preparing for their public examinations. 

EYE Education for You - A TAYMAI Grant winner project takes off

Abirami Chinnakaruppan from Philadelphia Chapter won a grant of $1500 in 2020 TAYMAI Grant Challenge. As she got to work with TNF Chennai to make her vision become a reality, the pandemic hit the world putting a pause. As soon as the Schools re-opened in Tamil Nadu post-pandemic, Abirami swung into action without missing a beat and collaborated with Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai to implement the project.

As part of the project, a few selected teachers were trained to be able to conduct primary vision screening for students by professionals from Aravind Eye Hospital. Upon completing the training, the teachers returned to their Schools and screened a total of 538 students. A total of 122 students were identified by the teachers to be examined by a team of Ophthalmologists from the hospital. 

School Name # of students tested by Opthalmologists # of students referred to Aravind Eye Hospital # of students referred to use eye-glasses # of students referred to additional treatment
Murugappa Balamandir Primary School,  Amaravathipudur
23 3 10 1
Subramanian Chettiar Gurugulam Higher Secondary School, Amaravadhipudur. 99 16 30 5
  122 19 40 6

YOX expands to a third chapter

North East Ohio Chapter becomes the 3rd TNF Chapter to launch YOX (Youth Online eXchange) program. Four kids from the chapter interacted with 17 kids from Peppeneyampatti in India over Zoom. They spent the first few sessions breaking the ice and getting to know each other. The team comprising of Srinesh Nandhakumar, Kripa Kumaran, Sanghami Sampath  and Naavya Gopinath plan to focus on improving communication skills and share knowledge both ways.  

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